Forgive me if this post is a little long but helpful replies will be very important to me.
The demos on the Garritan website and the submissions made at the forum are very impressive and obvioulsy created by people who are somewhat skilled in orchestral arrangement. I am quickly learning that choosing then arranging the instruments is an art in and of itself. (Like anything else - there is always more than meets the eye!) For an amateur like me there is potential to be overwhelmed, expecially for an original composition.
I cannot believe some of the Demos were created in one afternoon!! Is that possible? How is this done? Is there more than one person involved with the production of the Demo?
To those of you who have already submitted Demos on either the Garritan website or this forum please be so kind to share your techniques with amateurs like myself.
1. What is you basic sequencer setup - # of tracks, (midi and audio), # of instances of GPO 8 instrument setup, reverb and any other effects you may be using. (I am using Sonar3)
2. How do you arrange your instruments? I know this is a matter of experience but how do you know how many instrument sections or ensembles to add? I realize the trick is to make the piece sound as full as possible with the least amount of instruments and samples. Are you loading dry or wet instruments? Are you midi recording then once happy with a certain \'section\' bounce to audio track then move on to the next section, etc? Are you using effects like reverb for all instruments or do you conserve CPU energy for certain instrumenmt sections?
3. Have you been using only GPO for the orchestral sounds? Anyone using GPS in the GPO demos? How are you implementing the GPO instrument articulations?
Any bit of advice will be very much appreciated. Your demos are not only very well articulated but sound professionally mixed as well.
Thank you for any help you can give.